All About Self Storage

All About - Self Storage

  • Self storage provides an individual with a flexible option to store their belongings in a place that is outside their home. The storage unit, the space being rented by the customer, is typically rented on a month-to-month basis. Though many utilize self storage for short-term purposes, there is no limit to the duration you rent a storage unit if you adhere to the agreement you signed.
  • Self storage provides more convenience and access to your belongs than other storage services. While long-term, full-service storage solutions are responsible for storing and caring for your items, they also offer little access and flexibility. Self storage, on the other hand, allows you the flexibility of accessing your unit and your stored items as often as you need during the posted access hours.

  • Self storage is used for many different purposes. Some may utilize self storage for a short period of time, while others have found it to offer a great solution for an extended period. No matter the reason, a self storage unit can offer you the convenience and flexibility you need no matter the reason.
  • Typical uses for a self storage unit include, but are not limited to, the following:

Moving can be extremely stressful. Especially when down-sizing, a self storage unit can offer you the extra space you and your family needs. Many also utilize self storage when relocating to a new city. There are times when you are ready to move, but your new home isn’t quite ready for you. It’s times like these that self storage offers a better storage solution for you and your family.

Life can be quite the journey and along the way there are many points of transition we all face. Whether you’re combining households, preparing for a new baby, welcoming an aging loved one to stay with you, or getting divorced, life happens. At Shield Storage, we recognize that life’s transitions can also bring several different emotions and stress which is why we look to help by providing you enough space to fit the need of the transition you’re going through.

In the last year or so many of us have spent more time at home than we really every have before. Thus, we have all come to realize that we need to declutter our space and get more out of the space we have in our homes and garages.

 

This doesn’t mean you have to completely get rid of everything you own, but moving items from the basement or garage to a self storage unit can help free up space while also allowing you the ability to keep the items you love that have sentimental value.

Many don’t realize that you can store your vehicle at a self storage facility. Some locations have covered and/or uncovered parking for your boats, RVs, or trailers. Others have larger units (10x20 or larger) that offer enough space to store your car or even a work truck.

 

Learn more. (Here we can link to the “All About Vehicle Storage” page)

Renovating your home can take weeks, if not months, and having to stack and shift your furniture around to constantly make it work can be exhausting. If you are renovating your home or office and need a place to store your furniture, appliances, or other materials, then a self storage unit offers you the best storage solution.

Self storage offers businesses a better storage solution. From document storage to extended space for inventory, a self storage unit can provide business customers with a cost-effective storage solution that can grow as your business grows. Many business owners will shift units as they grow and their space requirements grow as well. Our flexible, month-to-month agreements make this a great solution for many local business owners.

College brings several different challenges for parents and students alike. One of those challenges is storing your student’s items while they are away at college. You love them, we all know that, but housing their things while they are away can be cumbersome. Self storage can provide a better storage solution for your college student’s personal belongings that they aren’t able to take with them to college.

 

Another challenge faced when you have a child in college is summer break. Your student has their dorm room items and essentials that they need each year while away, but they aren’t able to keep those things in their dorm room over summer break. Self Storage can also provide you with the space that is needed to store their dorm room essentials while they are home over the summer.

Much like college, when you join the military you move away from home and live in the barracks until you reach a certain rank or become married. Thus, you need to find a place to store most of your personal items. A self storage unit can provide you a storage option nearby so you don’t have to get rid of your belongings.

 

As many know, there is also a lot of travel that goes along with being in the military. This is another case where your local self storage facility can offer you a space to hold your things while you’re away. Whether your deployed for 3 months or a year, Shield Storage is here to help as you serve.

 

Also, please note that all our Shield Storage locations offer a discount to all Active Military members. Thank you for your service.

Location is everything, but what that means will vary for each customer. You may look to store items that you will want to access regularly, utilizing your self storage as an extension of your home so to speak. Others, on the other hand, may be looking for something that will store camping gear or other items that they will take with them on a getaway. In this case, easy access to a highway may be the best options.

 

If you are looking for a storage location for your business, you may prefer to have a storage facility that is located between your home and office. It is important that no matter the location you choose, you find a location that fits your specific needs.

Ensuring your property is safe and secure is one of our highest priorities at Shield Storage. We strive to provide a safe location for you to store you items by offering multiple security features at our properties. Though some features may vary from store to store, you will can count on each of our facilities having:

- Fully enclosed facilities

- Access via personal access code

- Protection plans available for all customers

- Digital surveillance systems

Pricing for your self storage unit will vary based on multiple variables. Location, storage unit size, and amenities such as climate control play a role in the pricing of the storage unit you choose to rent. At Shield Storage, you will find some locations offer move-in specials to limit your initial cost when moving into your unit. No matter what your budget may be, you will never pay a deposit or reservation fee.

When looking for the right storage solution for you, you will want to take the cleanliness and upkeep of the facility and units into consideration. The best way to do this is to visit a storage facility nearby to look at the storage unit you are interested in renting. Storage facilities that keep their storage units and facility grounds clean show that they care.

It is important to the Shield Storage family that each of our customers is treated with respect and care. We understand that many of the situations that cause one to utilize self storage are stressful. Thus, we want to do our best to assist you with all your storage needs.

 

Our staff our kind and friendly and will always do their best to serve you and be there to answer your questions. Many of our locations have onsite store managers who are dedicated to ensuring all staff meet the Shield Storage customer service standards.

  • As each storage facility varies in size and set-up, your availability for different types of access varies as well. Some facilities are fully indoor and your access will vary by floor. Others, on the other hand, will offer outdoor access only. Some storage facilities offer a mixture of the two depending on the building.

 

  • Having a better understanding of what access types there are and how they can impact your ability to utilize your self storage unit will help you ensure you make the right choice when choosing your unit.

Storage units with outdoor access are located so that you can drive your vehicle right up to your storage unit to load and unload your items. These units are very convenient, especially for items such as camping gear, jet skis, and furniture. On the other hand, most storage units with drive-up access are not climate controlled.

Storage units with indoor access can be on the ground floor, in a basement, or located in a multiple storied building. In these cases, access via elevator is required. Some facilities offer indoor storage units that are accessible via a simple hallway making access rather convenient.

 

You can find air controlled or climate controlled storage units at facilities that have indoor storage units. It is important to remember, however, that if your storage unit does have indoor access, it does not guarantee that it will be climate controlled. Be sure to talk contact your closest Shield Storage location to learn more about the storage unit access types available.

  • Choosing a storage unit that is the right size for the items you want to store is vital. The last thing you want to do is pack your storage unit and suddenly realize you don’t have enough space. On the other hand, you don’t want to pay for more space than you need unless you know you will grow into it.

  • Every Shield Storage customer is provided a personal gate access code. This code is specific for each unit to allow us to track who is always on the property or in the facility.

 

  • Having a gate access code provides an extra layer of protection for our customers in case something may happen at the facility such as a fire, break-in, or other unforeseen event.

  • Many of our field storage locations offer extended access hours to allow our customers to get to their unit when it is most convenient for them.

 

  • We understand that you may need to access your business storage before you go to the office or that you want to get your camping gear early on a Saturday morning or late Friday night.

 

  • To accommodate all your access needs, we do the best we can to offer access hours that fit the needs of the community around each Shield Storage location.

  • Climate-controlled storage units provide a controlled environment for many of your belongings that can be damaged by the high heat or increase in humidity.

 

  • Learn more about climate-controlled storage units in the "All About Climate-controlled Storage" section.

  • Self storage facilities can offer many different options for vehicle storage. You can park your RV or boat at locations with covered or uncovered parking. Or you can park a vehicle inside one of our larger storage units that are available at some Shield Storage locations.

 

  • Learn more about climate-controlled storage units in the "All About Vehicle Storage" section.

  • Some storage locations offer specialty units such as wine storage units for rent. Our Millbrae, CA location offers wine storage units that allow wine collectors to expand their wine collection without taking up more room in their home.

 

  • These units built and maintained specifically for wine, and offer a better storage solution for the local wine collector.

  • To ensure your items are covered in the event of a loss, we require that all customers either cover their stored items with their own renters' insurance or that they purchase one of our protection plans.

 

  • As we have said before, the safety of your property is our priority which is why we require that all customers follow this company policy prior to renting one of our self storage units.

  • For added convenience, many of our store locations offer storage and packing supplies that can be purchased in the office.

 

  • We want to make sure that you have everything you need to have a successful storage experience which is why we have boxes, tape, and other packing materials available for sale during office hours.

There are a wide variety of things that can be stored in a self storage unit. Though the list below provides examples of what you can store in your storage unit, this is not a complete list. If you have any questions, please contact us today.

- Furniture

- Collectibles

- Electronics

- Camping gear

- Sports equipment

- Vehicles

- Books

- Yard tools

- Documents

- Appliances

- Clothes

  • Though there is an extensive list of items that can be stored in a self storage unit, there are also items that can NOT be stored in a self storage unit. The list below is not an extensive list of all exclusions.

 

    • Flammable chemicals
    • Drugs
    • Food
    • Vehicles that do not run

 

  • It is also important to remember that it is not safe, or legal, to live inside any self storage unit.

 

  • Please contact us today with any questions you may have about the items you would like to store.

A: Contactless move-ins are available at all our facilities for your convenience and safety. Contact your Shield Storage facility today with further questions about contactless rentals.

A: To find a self storage location nearby, click here.

 

A: At Shield Storage, we offer our customers the convenience of auto-pay through your credit or debit card.

A: We understand that your storage needs may change from month to month which is why we offer our Shield Storage customers the convenience of month to month agreements.

A: Promotions at our facility will vary. Please be sure to contact our facility today for the most up to date promotions being offered.

 

All About - Vehicle Storage

  • Vehicles come in many different shapes and sizes. Your storage options for your vehicles shouldn’t be limited to a “one size fits all” solution. This is why, at Shield Storage, we offer multiple storage options for your vehicles.

 

  • Some utilize a self storage facility to store their work trucks, trailers, and even their cars. Others, on the other hand, use storage for their RVs, boats, and other small watercrafts. Either way, you shouldn’t be limited to selecting a one size fits all parking space.

 

  • Let’s discuss vehicle storage in more detail so you can fully understand what options are available to you no matter your vehicle storage need.

  • There are many things to consider when trying to decide where to store your vehicle.
  • Here are some of the common items our customers take into consideration while making their decision about the best storage solution for their vehicle.

  • Finding a storage facility that is safe and secure should be one of your top priorities.

 

  • You want to find a self storage location that offers security features such as digital security surveillance to keep a watchful eye over your vehicle and the property.

 

  • You should also only park your vehicle at locations that are fully enclosed and have controlled gate access.

 

  • At Shield Storage, we make the safety and security of your vehicle one of our highest priorities. We do our best to ensure that our facilities provide security options that will give you peace of mind while utilizing one of our storage units or spaces.

  • Having the ability to access your vehicle is important. Therefore, it is important to consider the access hours of any storage location you choose.

 

  • If you are utilizing a storage unit or space for a work vehicle, you will want to be aware of your ability to access your vehicle before and after work.

 

  • For some, this could make a large impact on where you choose to store your work vehicle

  • In some areas of the country, the harsh weather conditions can impact your vehicle and, in some cases, even cause damage.

 

  • Whether it’s the harsh heat in the southwest or the cold, wet weather in the northwest, you want to make sure that your vehicle can withstand the harsh conditions.

 

  • It is important to take the weather conditions of the area you live into consideration when choosing the best storage solution for your vehicle.

 

  • We do offer larger enough storage units at some of the Shield Storage locations to store your boat or other vehicle inside a storage unit for safe keeping. This may be something to think about to ensure your boat, for example, isn’t outside during the harsh winter months.

  • There are a few different types of vehicle storage available depending on the Shield Storage location you choose. These types of storage include:

  • Did you know that you can park certain vehicles inside an enclosed storage unit? It’s true! Some smaller vehicles can fit into a storage unit as small as a 5x10 while larger vehicles can fit into units that are 10x20 or larger.

 

  • If you are interested in having your vehicle stored in an enclosed self storage unit, feel free to contact us today for information about what size unit would best fit your needs.

Outdoor storage spaces and parking offer our customers a diverse solution for their vehicle storage needs. Outdoor storage is typically offered as covered or uncovered parking and can differ from location to location.

  • Covered outdoor storage provides a covered space for you to park your vehicle.

 

  • Though this storage solution is not fully enclosed, it does offer protection from the sun and other weather conditions.

 

  • Be sure to check with your local Shield Storage location to see if they offer covered outdoor storage for your vehicle. Spaces are limited, so call today!

  • Uncovered outdoor storage spaces provide the best storage solution for large vehicles such as RVs.

 

  • These storage spaces are also helpful for parking boats, trailers, and other vehicles.

 

  • Since these spaces are uncovered, be sure to bring your vehicle cover when necessary to cover your boat, car, or truck to prevent damage from the weather and other elements.

  • Did you know that you can park certain vehicles inside an enclosed storage unit? It’s true! Some smaller vehicles can fit into a storage unit as small as a 5x10 while larger vehicles can fit into units that are 10x20 or larger.

 

  • If you are interested in having your vehicle stored in an enclosed self storage unit, feel free to contact us today for information about what size unit would best fit your needs.

Outdoor storage spaces and parking offer our customers a diverse solution for their vehicle storage needs. Outdoor storage is typically offered as covered or uncovered parking and can differ from location to location.

  • Covered outdoor storage provides a covered space for you to park your vehicle.

 

  • Though this storage solution is not fully enclosed, it does offer protection from the sun and other weather conditions.

 

  • Be sure to check with your local Shield Storage location to see if they offer covered outdoor storage for your vehicle. Spaces are limited, so call today!

  • Uncovered outdoor storage spaces provide the best storage solution for large vehicles such as RVs.

 

  • These storage spaces are also helpful for parking boats, trailers, and other vehicles.

 

  • Since these spaces are uncovered, be sure to bring your vehicle cover when necessary to cover your boat, car, or truck to prevent damage from the weather and other elements.

  • Always make sure your vehicle has recent registration and license plates.
  • Make sure your vehicle is insured before bringing it to a self storage location.
  • Don’t forget a cover for your vehicle if it is being stored in an uncovered, outdoor space.
  • If you would like additional security for outdoor storage spaces, bring your own tire locks and tiedowns for your vehicle.
  • Make sure that your boat and RV also have current license plates.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask! Talk to our Shield Storage staff to make sure you are reserving the proper size space for your vehicle storage needs.
  • Find a storage facility that has access hours that meet your needs. Most Shield Storage locations have extended access hours for more convenience.

 

    • All vehicles must be driven into the facility and not towed.
    • The tires on your trailer must be in good, working condition.
    • Do your best to remove as much fuel from the fuel tank as possible before storing your vehicle.
    • When reserving your unit, current registration and proof of insurance must be provided.
    • Extensive repairs and maintenance are not permitted in your storage unit or on the storage facility grounds.
    • All stored vehicles must have wheels that are in good condition.
    • If your registration expires on any vehicle while at one of our self storage locations, you must renew it and update it immediately.

A: Yes! Be sure that the inside storage unit has drive-up access and is large enough for the vehicle you desire to store.

A: If you are current with your monthly payment and all guidelines are being meant, you can store your vehicle as long as you need.

A: All customers sign a month-to-month agreement for any storage unit or space.

A: Multiple vehicles, particularly small vehicles, can be stored in the same space or unit as long as the vehicles can safely and securely be stored without causing danger or intruding on another customer's space.

A: We ask that you perform major maintenance and cleaning on your vehicle at another location other than the self storage location.

A: All vehicles must be driven to the storage location unless they require a trailer for transporting such as with a boat, ATV, or jet ski.

 

All About - Boat Storage

  • Though you may use your boat regularly during the season, what better place to store your boat during the winter and off season than a self storage facility?

 

  • Storing your boat during the off season with Shield Storage provides you will a safe, secure place to hold your boat (and trailer if needed) during the months you aren’t using it.

  • Many HOAs frown upon you leaving a boat or other large vehicles on the road in-front of your home for long periods of time.

 

  • Though this may not be an issue during the summer since you are moving it regularly for use, during the winter months you could incur fees for leaving your boat outside for too long.

  • Like many others, you may typically choose to store your boat in your side yard or garage.

 

  • Storing your boat at a self storage facility frees up this space so you and your family can use it for other things.

One of the most important things to consider when looking for a self storage facility to store your boat is access. Access should be considered on two levels. The accessibility of the space itself as well as the access hours to the facility are the most important things to keep in mind.

  • If you are using an enclosed storage unit to store your boat, you will want to make sure it is accessible with drive-up access.

 

  • You also want to make sure it has the proper space needed to store the boat and trailer if one is required.

  • Accessibility hours are also important to consider.

 

  • You want to find a storage facility that allows access to your boat during timeframes that will meet your needs.

Security is also an important piece to consider when looking for a better storage solution for your boat.

  • At Shield Storage, we offer different security features at each location to ensure that we are doing our best to keep your boat and other watercrafts safe. Important security features we typically offer include:

 

    • Completely enclosed, gated facilities
    • Gate access with a personal access code only
    • Protection Plans

 

  • Some of our locations also offer:
    • Digital surveillance systems
    • Alarms on storage unit doors

  • Lastly, it is important that when choosing a storage location for your boat, that you consider the weather conditions in your area.

 

  • You want to be sure that no matter where you store your boat, you take the proper precautions to keep your boat from being damaged.

  • Indoor boat storage is available at any facility that has an enclosed storage unit with drive-up access. Availability will vary for larger units.

 

  • When utilizing indoor boat storage, you want to be sure that you are using a unit that will fit your boat and its trailer properly.

Storage Unit Sizes for Indoor Boat Storage

    • Small (10x15) Storage Units
      • Examples of watercrafts for Small Indoor Storage Units:
          • Jet skis
          • Skiffs
          • Small drifters

 

    • Larger Storage Units (10x20 and 10x30)
      • Examples of watercrafts for Large Indoor Storage Units:
          • 14-24 ft fishing boats
          • Small pontoon boats
          • Speed boats under 24 feet
          • Wakeboard boats (be sure to remove your tower!)

  • Some of our Shield Storage facilities offer covered, outdoor storage for your boat.

 

  • These spaces offer protection from the elements while also providing more flexibility for storing larger watercrafts.

  • Outdoor, uncovered storage provides easy, flexible storage space for your boat any time of the year!

 

  • Many of our Shield Storage facilities offer plenty of flexibility and a better storage solution for your boat than your side yard or the street.

 

  • You will want to be sure to bring a cover for your boat to protect it against the elements though.

  • Cleaning your boat before you store it for the winter is an important first step. Be sure to get any residue from the lake or ocean off the bottom and be sure that the inside is well cleaned also.

  • Water and moister can wreak havoc on your boat during the winter and cause cracking and other damage while stored. Be sure to thoroughly dry your boat after cleaning it.

  • Before putting your boat in storage for the winter, or if you plan to store your boat for an extended period, be sure to check and replenish all the fluids to ensure nothing freezes or causes internal damage.

  • If you live in a climate where temperatures drop below freezing, you will want to be sure to remove your battery and store it in a place that won’t see those below freezing temps. Keep it charged while stored for the winter as well to ensure it’s ready to go when boat season comes back around!

  • If you are storing your boat in an outdoor space, especially if it is uncovered, you will need to get a slip cover for your boat to protect it against the winter elements.

A: You can bring tie-downs to provide more security for your boat when kept in an outdoor space.

A: Our month-to-month, flexible agreements make it more than possible to accommodate your desire to only store your boat during the winter months.

A: If an indoor storage unit that will fit your boat is available for rental you are more than welcome to use it for your boat storage needs.

A: Be sure to follow our guide on properly preparing your boat for winter storage to ensure your boat is in proper shape and ready.

A: Yes, if your storage space or unit can properly, and safely, accommodate more than one watercraft then you can store more than one small watercraft in our storage unit. If you have any questions about how much space you need, please contact us

A: Yes, you can store your boat long-term at any of our storage facilities that have a space or unit available to accommodate your boat storage needs.

A: Boats and watercrafts that require a trailer for transportation and stability should be on a trailer while at any Shield Storage facility. Kayaks, paddle boards, and other similar watercrafts do not require a trailer for storage.

 

All About - RV Storage

  • Utilizing a large enough storage unit or a storage space at a storage facility allows you to free up space in your own carport, side yard, or large workshop.

 

  • No longer do you have to give up space to store your RV, start storing it at a Shield Storage location near you!

Avoid fees from your HOA for having your RV parked outside your home!

  • Some HOAs have strict guidelines about having vehicles parked in the street or in the side yard for extended periods of time.

 

  • Parking your RV at a storage facility will help you avoid these and any other possible fees from your HOA.

Location is everything!

  • For some, traveling becomes much easier when they have their RV parked at a self storage location with easy highway access. This makes getting in and out of town much smoother.

 

  • You can also leave your other vehicle in your storage space while you’re away which means your family’s vehicle will be safe and available when you return from your trip.

  • Access is one of the most important things to consider when looking for a self storage facility to store your RV.
  • Remember, access should be considered on two levels. The accessibility of the space itself as well as the access hours to the facility.

  • Is the storage unit or space large enough and located in an area that will make it possible for you to park and store your RV properly?

 

  • Be sure to ask questions and make sure the space and unit you are reserving for your RV is accessible for the size of RV you own.

  • It is also important to note the hours in which the storage location allows you to access your RV throughout the week. If you are going to need to have access to your RV early on a Saturday morning, you will need to make sure the facility your are storing at has access hours that accommodate your needs.

 

  • You can find the access hours for all Shield Storage locations on our website on each facility’s webpage.

  • It is important to ensure that your RV will be safe and secure wherever you choose to store it. This is why we strive to provide the highest level of security possible for our customers.

 

  • Though the security features from location to location will vary, many of our facilities offer security features such as:

 

    • Digital Surveillance Systems
    • Fully Enclosed and Gated Facilities
    • Gate Access with Personal Access Codes Only
    • Protection Plans for Stored Property

  • When storing your RV at a self storage location, it is important to take into consideration the weather conditions of the area while your RV is being stored.

 

  • If your RV is being stored outside in an area where the temperatures drop significantly, be sure to prepare your RV for winter storage.

The location of your storage unit is vital!

 

  • Location can impact many aspects of your decision when choosing a better storage solution for your RV. Things to consider include:

 

    • The location of the facility in regards to where you live or freeway access.
    • The location of the unit/space itself to ensure you can easily maneuver your RV in and out of it.

  • Indoor storage is a great option for your RV when available.

 

  • These units provide the most security and protection for your recreational vehicle.

  • Outdoor storage provides customers who need a space to park their RV with a great solution.

 

  • With no size limitations, our uncovered, extended spaces provide a great solution for where to park your RV when you’re not on the road.

  • Some of the Shield Storage locations provide outdoor covered storage which provides more protection against weather and sun damage.

 

  • When available, covered storage is a great solution for keeping your RV safe and secure.

  • Indoor: Most small trailers will fit inside a 10x20 storage unit. Some may fit inside a 10x10 unit but be sure to check your measurements first.

 

  • Outdoor/Covered: Any outdoor space, covered or uncovered, will accommodate small/lightweight trailers.

  • Indoor: We suggest that you find a storage unit that is at least 10x20 for your mid-size trailer. Some of our customers prefer to store their mid-sized trailers in larger units to ensure they have enough space around the trailer to maneuver for hook-ups.

 

  • Outdoor/Covered: Any outdoor space, covered or uncovered, will accommodate your mid-sized trailer.

  • Indoor: Finding the right indoor storage unit to fit your large trailer may be a challenge, but some properties, such as Placerville Self Storage in Placerville, CA have extended indoor units that are 10x30 in size.

 

  • Outdoor/Covered: Any outdoor space, covered or uncovered, will accommodate your mid-sized trailer.

  • Indoor: Most fifth wheel trailers are over 32 inches long which means you will need to find an indoor storage unit that is at least a 10 x 40 unit such as the ones we offer at Storageboxx of Southern Highlands.

 

  • Outdoor/Covered: When looking for an outdoor space, covered or uncovered, to store your fifth wheel, you want to make sure that the space provided is large enough. Please contact us today for more information about the outdoor spaces available and where you can find the best storage location nearby.

  • Indoor: Most pop-up trailers can fit and be stored inside a self storage unit that is at least 10x10. These trailers tend to be smaller in size for easy transport and storage.

 

  • Outdoor/Covered: Your pop-up trailer will fit in most available outdoor storage spaces. Find your nearest Shield Storage location today to search availability and reserve your outdoor space today.

  • Indoor Storage: Most toy haulers have comparable dimensions to travel trailers. Thus, the exact dimensions of your toy hauler will determine whether or not inside storage will provide the best storage solution.
    • Find your local Shield Storage location to check what size indoor units are available.

 

  • Outdoor/Covered Storage: Since toy haulers can be up to 40 feet in length, finding a large enough outdoor storage space may be an issue at some storage facilities. When storing outdoors, be sure to allow for enough space to accommodate your hook-ups as well as the trailer length.

  • Indoor Storage: With the average length of a class A motorhome being around 30 feet, you could consider storing yours in a large indoor unit. One thing to consider, however, is the height of the vehicle and whether or not there will be enough clearance. If this is the storage solution you are looking for, contact us today to find out if there is a storage unit nearby that will accommodate your needs.

 

  • Outdoor/Covered Storage: Most of the outdoor spaces we have at our properties will accommodate your Class A Motorhome. However, if you have a longer motorhome, you may need to find a storage location that can accommodate that size of vehicle.

  • Indoor Storage: The average indoor storage unit may be too short too store your Class B Motorhome. Though the average length of a Class B Motorhome is about 20 feet, the height averages around 8 feet. Having the right size entrance is going to be the key for this storage solution. This may propose a challenge for getting your RV into the unit. Contact us today to learn more about storing your RV in a self storage unit at one of our locations.

 

  • Outdoor/Covered Storage: Most of the Shield Storage locations offer outdoor spaces that will accommodate your Class B Motorhome. Find your nearest location today to reserve your spot!

  • Indoor Storage: Class C Motorhomes are typically about 27 ft. long and can be as wide as about 9 feet. They do tend to be taller than a Class B model, standing roughly 10 feet high. Though indoor storage options may be limited, finding the right storage location may offer you what you’re looking for. Contact us today to find out if any of the Shield Storage locations near you offer storage units large enough to accommodate your Class C Motorhome.

 

  • Outdoor/Covered Storage: Though they are a bit larger than the Class B model, Class C Motorhomes will typically fit in the available spaces provided at many of the Shield Storage locations. Find your space today!

    • Wash your RV before storing, especially if you’ll be storing for long durations of time.
    • Remove your battery and charge it at home when applicable.
    • Top off all the fluids in your RV before storing for the winter.
    • Disconnect the propane tank(s).
    • Clear the pipes, especially in cold weather climates, before storing for the winter.
    • Block entrances, such as the exhaust, to avoid rodents and pests from getting into the system and causing damage.
    • Close and seal your roof vents to prevent damage from the weather, pests, and other causes.
    • Get a high-quality, breathable cover for your RV or trailer to protect it while being stored. This is especially important if you are unable to utilize covered storage.

A: You can store your RV or trailer for as long as you need as long as you are in good standing at the location you are storing at.

A: If your RV or trailer will fit properly inside a storage unit without causing damage, you are able to store inside a storage unit.

A: The best type of storage for your RV will depend on the size of your RV, your budget, and availability at the Shield Storage location nearest you.

A: This it typically a personal preference and depends on the type of camper you have. Storing your camper with the jacks down can offer more stability for your camper.

A: According to this website, it is best to store your RV with the slides in to avoid corrosion and other issues that may present themselves.

A: All of the agreements our customers sign are month-to-month to provide the most flexibility possible.

A: Your RV must be insured while it is being stored at any Shield Storage location.

 

All About - Business Storage

  • Business storage is utilized for those in many different industries who utilize storage for business purposes.

 

  • Self storage can be utilized for many purposes to help a small or large business meet their storage needs.

 

  • Though the uses for business storage may vary, the goals are typically the same – saving time and money.

  • Self storage can help accomplish both business storage goals by providing convenient storage locations that provide easy access at a reasonable cost.

 

  • You can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year by utilizing self storage to meet your business storage needs.

 

  • Business storage helps alleviate stress by:
    • Providing a cost-effective storage solution
    • Central location for convenient access
    • Giving you back more office space
    • Providing flexibility with month-to-month contracts

  • Business storage is a cost-effective solution for your documents, inventory, parts, or equipment.

 

  • When compared to commercial space, renting a storage unit can save you thousands of dollars per month.

  • Our Shield Storage locations are conveniently located to provide our customers with easy, convenient access.

 

  • Most of our storage facilities offer drive-up storage units that provide an easy and convenient way for you to load and unload your business items. This is especially convenient for businesses that need to store furniture or vehicles.

 

  • Month-to-month agreements provide a convenient, flexible option for your business. Many commercial spaces force you to sign a lease which will lock you into a space for an extended period.

  • Inventory or document storage: Many storage solutions provide multiple options for you to consider for your business. From smaller 5x10 units that are perfect for document storage to 10x10 units that can house your inventory, the variety allows you to choose what will fit your business’s needs the best.

 

  • Vehicle Storage: Larger storage units and outdoor parking spaces provide a better storage solution for your work truck, trailers, or large equipment.

 

  • Parts, Inventory, and other business needs: With so many size options available, you can choose a storage unit that will fit your businesses needs no matter how big or small. If storing parts, inventory, or furniture our facilities have a storage unit that is just the right fit.

  • We understand that security is a priority for business owners. You want to do the most we can to ensure your business items are safe and secure while storing with us at Shield Storage.

 

  • If you have questions about the security features available at the Shield Storage near you, contact us today.

 

  • Though the security features at our facilities may vary, the typical security features you will find at Shield Storage locations include:
    • Digital Surveillance System
    • Fully Enclosed and Gated
    • Protection Plans for Stored Property Available
    • Gate Access with Personal Access Code

  • Why? Business professionals from many different industries utilize self storage for their business needs. Doctors and lawyers are typically required to keep patient and client records for an extended period (which can vary by state). Any business is required to keep their financial statements and tax records for at least 7 years. Keeping these records can take up quite a bit of space which is why these professionals use self storage for their business storage needs.

 

  • What types of things do business professionals use storage for:
    • Client/Patient Records
    • Financial Documents
    • Unused office equipment

 

  • Types of Professionals who utilize Self Storage for business storage:
    • Doctors
    • Lawyers
    • Financial Institutions

Restaurants utilize storage for many purposes. Not only do they keep their financial records in storage, but they can also utilize self storage to:

  • Store furniture from the dining room
  • Decorations for special events and occasions
  • Extra items such as:
    • Employee uniforms
    • Dishes
    • Glasses

 

  • Are you a plumber, pool service technician, or even a handyman? These tradesmen, along with many others, utilize self storage to help support their business.

 

  • Self storage provides these individuals with a place to keep tools, parts, and other inventory that they need to have on hand for the jobs they do.

  • Ecommerce has become extremely popular in recent years. To be successful, however, you must keep inventory stocked and ready to be shipped.

 

  • Your customers don’t want to wait for extended periods for the pieces they’ve purchased.

 

  • To make this possible, you can use a self storage unit to keep inventory, so you are stocked and ready to go when your orders come in!

  • Small manufacturers can utilize self storage to store inventory especially during large projects.

 

  • While completing production, having the available space to store the inventory you are creating can become a problem.

 

  • Self storage provides a place for you to store completed projects until they’re ready to be shipped.

  • Small business owners in many different industries win with self storage!

 

  • Today, many small business owners work from home and are using their extra space in their garages, basements, and other spaces for their business storage.

 

  • Whether you are looking for more storage space for documents, supplies or equipment, using self storage provides the small business owner with a cost-effective, convenient storage solution.

  • Real estate agents can often be found with an office full of signs, flyers, and other items that begin to pile up.

 

  • Though they need to have these things accessible, they clutter an office quickly. What better place to keep your signs, flyers, supplies, and old documentation than in a self storage unit.

 

  • Utilizing self storage can help you stay organized and keep your office looking professional and ready to welcome in your next client.

  • Staging homes that are for sale is a true art. These businesses need a place to keep the furniture they use to stage homes that would otherwise be empty.

 

  • Self storage provides the flexibility these companies need as they move furniture in and out of homes.

 

  • Each home needs a separate look and feel so it is common for these business owners to have multiple storage units to allow them to provide their clients with the options they need to get the right look and feel for the home being sold

  • Location is one of the top priorities for business owners when looking for a storage unit.

 

  • Finding a location that fits your needs will make your life easier no matter the business you in.

 

  • Finding a storage location that is clean and kept in good condition is important especially when you are storing your business inventory, documents, or work truck.

 

  • No one wants to keep their inventory, projects, or work vehicles in a dirty unit. At Shield Storage, we make cleanliness a priority as well as the upkeep of the property.

 

  • When you reserve a self storage unit with us, you can expect to get the best!

  • Climate controlled units are available at some Shield Storage properties.

 

  • If you are looking for a storage unit with climate controlled units, visit the help center to find a location that will meet these business storage needs

  • Accessing your storage unit with ease is important when looking for a better business storage solution.

 

  • Many of our locations offer drive up storage units to make loading and unloading as easy as possible.

 

  • Other locations, offer dollies and carts to help making moving your things easier if your unit is inside.

  • At Shield Storage we know that business owners need to be able to access their stored items outside of typical “working hours”.

 

  • Therefore, we offer extended access hours at most of our locations.

 

  • To learn more about the access hours of a Shield Storage location nearby, contact us today.

  • Did you know you can store your work vehicle at a self storage location?

 

  • Many offer parking spaces while others have large enough storage units available that you can store your work truck inside a storage unit during off hours. This can provide an extra level of security and peace of mind for a business owner.

  • Self storage provides a secure place to store inventory, projects, furniture, supplies, vehicles, tools and many other business related items.

 

  • Instead of keeping your things in your home, your office or at the restaurant, storing with Shield Storage can provide a secure option that also gives you back much needed space.

  • Most of our Shield Storage locations offer moving supplies and packing materials for you to purchase if needed.

 

  • Some locations also offer dollies and carts for customers to use to make loading and unloading their storage unit more convenient.

  • Did you know that you can rent a moving truck from some of the Shield Storage locations?

 

  • That’s right! If you need some assistance moving and are looking for a truck, contact your Shield Storage location today to find out if truck rental services are available.

A: No. Though you can use a storage unit to meet many of your business needs, you cannot use it as an office due to safety concerns.

A: Technically, yes. Depending on the business you can use a storage unit to “run your business” especially if you are in ecommerce. However, you cannot use a storage unit as a shop or office.

A: Some storage locations will accept deliveries for customers. Please contact us today to inquire about the specifics of the Shield Storage location near you to be sure they can accommodate this request.

A: Yes. Having a business storage unit is considered an expense for doing business. For further information, please contact your tax professional.

A: No. You may not use a storage unit as a shop to perform vehicle maintenance. Due to the chemicals and fumes this goes against the agreement signed by customers.

A: Yes. If you have multiple businesses and desire to share the space with your own entities, please feel free to do so.

 Rent a Business Storage Unit with Shield Storage Today!

 

Are you in the need of a better business storage solution? The wait is over!

We have a better storage solution for you! Find a Shield Storage location near you to reserve your business storage unit today!

If you have any questions about your specific business and how self storage can help you, feel free to contact us today!

 

All About - Climate-Controlled Storage

  • Climate-controlled storage units are units that are kept at a specific temperature.

 

  • These units are typically indoors and provide a consistent environment for your stored items. Extreme temperatures and humidity can wreak havoc on your items which is why having a climate-control unit can be so beneficial.

 

  • These units, also known as temperature-controlled units, are maintained by utilizing heating or cooling systems to maintain the desired temperature inside the storage building.

 

  • Just as extreme heat and humidity can cause problems for some stored materials, the cold can be harmful as well.

  • Extreme temperatures and humidity can cause damage to many different items which is why having access to a climate-controlled storage unit is beneficial to some storage customers.

 

  • Depending on the location and the local climate, the need for heat or cooling will differ.

 

  • Many factors can come into play when determining whether to provide climate-controlled unit at a storage facility. The overall need of the local customers provides a great starting point.

 

  • Some environments don’t require as much temperature control as others. On the other hand, there are locations where the heat, humidity, or cold become so drastic that the risk of damage is too great.

 

  • No matter the location you’re in, knowing what must be stored and whether the natural climate presents a danger to your stored items is vital.

 

  • You can find climate-controlled storage units in multiple sizes at many of the Shield Storage locations.

 

  • The variety we offer allows our customers to find a size that best fits their needs while not having to rent multiple storage units to accommodate the need for climate control.

 

  • Most climate-controlled storage units are located inside storage buildings which allows us to continue to provide an affordable climate-controlled storage solution.

 

  • Though many may think that moving into an inside unit may be difficult, our locations provide carts that make moving easier and more convenient.

  • The storage industry sets a standard for facilities to maintain climate-controlled storage units between 55- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit.

 

  • At Shield Storage we make it a priority to maintain this standard at every location where climate-controlled storage units are available.

  • When the heat becomes to excessive for too long, it can take a toll on your belongings. Records, photographs, and electronics can be ruined if they are left in the heat for too long.

 

  • Furniture made of wood can be affected by the heat and even ruined as wood naturally expands in the heat which can cause warping.

 

  • Having a climate-controlled storage unit that is kept within the required temperate range will keep your items safe and in good condition.

  • Many don’t realize by the extreme cold can cause damage to your items as well.

 

  • Furniture shrinks in the cold and can crack with extended exposure.

 

  • Other items that can retain water can freeze, crack, and endure lasting damage.

 

  • Extreme cold can cause damage to stored vehicles, electronics, vinyl records, and other types of media.

  • Humidity can cause mold, mildew, warping, and other damage to your items.

 

  • Fabrics, collectibles, wood furniture, photos, and many other items can suffer irreparable damage by extreme, lasting humidity.

  • Most storage units are climate-controlled using both heating and cooling systems to maintain the required temperature.

 

  • This is especially true in areas where there is extreme humidity year-round and/or have a climate that fluctuates between extremely hot summers and cold winters

  • In some parts of the country, you may find air-cooled storage units.

 

  • These units typically are only air conditioned as the area they are located primarily experience high temperatures in the summer but are milder during the winter.

 

  • Typically, the requirement is that these areas experience very few extreme cold temperatures (long periods colder than 50°F).

  • Heated storage units are found in areas that experience extremely cold weather for extended periods of time but have mild summers (few extended periods warmer than 85°F).

 

  • This requires that the climate-controlled storage units units in this area are heated in the winter but aren’t required to be cooled during the summer months.

  • Extreme temperatures can damage your vinyl records, CDs, and other media you may choose to store.

 

  • The heat can cause to your records warping while the cold can cause them to become brittle and break.

 

  • This is also true for CDs, DVDs, and other forms of media that you may choose to store in your storage unit.

  • Your precious memories can fade away in the heat of summer if your photos are left in a traditional storage unit.

 

  • The constant fluctuation of temperatures can cause your photographs to become brittle, crack, or they can’t even melt and become stuck or glued together in extreme heat.

 

  • Heat can also cause discoloration and damage your photos long-term.

  • Humidity can wreak havoc on your favorite books and magazines.

 

  • Paper is known to absorb moisture which can lead to mold and mildew.

 

  • The printing in your books or magazines can also fade over time when exposed to high heat and humidity for prolonged durations.

  • Heat is known to cause damage to electronics. Overtime, damage to the screen, plastic, and glue can begin to fail and crack.

 

  • Metal within the electronics can also corrode in the high humidity.

 

  • The batteries inside these components drain faster and charge less affectively when stored in high heat or extremely cold conditions.

  • Just as you may expect, stored appliances will react to extreme temperatures and humidity much like electronics.

 

  • Due to the amount of metal in appliances, however, rust can also be an issue in areas with high humidity.

  • As discussed before, furniture, especially made of wood, can suffer great damage when stored in areas of extreme temperature changes and high humidity.

 

  • Warping, cracking, and other irreversible damage can occur if your wood furniture is not stored properly.

  • Some fabrics are extremely fragile. They are particularly temperature-sensitive, and you should be extremely careful when storing them.

 

  • Fabrics that are sturdier can absorb moisture which can lead to mold or mildew setting in which will ruin the piece all together.

  • Some collectibles are more prone to damage in extreme temperatures than others.

 

  • For example, paper-based collectibles such as sports cards or comic books can be affected by high humidity.

 

  • More than mildew can set it especially if they are encased in plastic cases or sleeves. Also, if these collectibles are exposed to high heat for long periods of time the ink conveyed which will ruin your collectible overtime.

  • Not all vehicles need to be kept in a climate-controlled storage unit, however, car collectors are typically the first to reserve the largest drive-up climate-controlled storage units available.

 

  • Keeping a vehicle in a climate-controlled storage unit can help prevent freezing which can impact the battery and other plastics within the vehicle.

 

  • High heat can cause the paint to fade and other plastics or vinyl parts of the vehicle to melt.

 

  • As any car collector would know, any of the occurrences would ruin your perfectly kept classic car.

  • As you can see, there are many advantages to using a climate-controlled storage unit to store your items.

 

  • Climate controlled storage units provide a safe, convenient, and cost-effective solution for storing your items and keeping them as safe as possible.

  • It is important that you know what you are storing in the implications that go along with storing those items in a traditional storage unit.

 

  • Do your best to make sure that your items are prepared properly for storage and if you ever have any questions, please contact us to make sure you are making the best storage decision for you and your things.

  • Do your research. Knowing the climate of the area you plan to store your items is important when choosing whether to utilize climate-controlled storage.

 

  • It is also important to know what at what temperature the items you are storing can be damaged. If you are moving to a new location, learn about the climate you are going to be sure you make the best storage choice possible.

A: At Shield Storage, we recommend that you keep your furniture, especially if made of wood, in a climate-controlled storage unit. This is particularly true if you live in an area where there is high humidity or extreme temperatures during the summer or winter months.

A: Typically speaking, climate-controlled storage units are more expensive than a traditional storage unit. This price difference is due to the cost of maintaining the required temperature within climate-controlled storage units.

A: Yes. Traditional, non-climate-controlled storage units can get hot enough to cause damage to your stored items especially in some regions of the U.S. where summer temperatures are sustained above 85 degrees for extended periods of time.

A: Absolutely. If there are climate-controlled units available at the facility you are currently storing, you can talk to the store manager onsite about moving to a climate-controlled unit.

A: Typically speaking, you don’t have to store the following items in climate-controlled storage units:

  • work vehicles
  • Boats
  • RVs
  • Cars or Trucks (exception: antique vehicles)
  • Tools
  • Lawn equipment (including tractors, mowers, and weed whackers)
  • Dishes
  • Plastic outdoor furniture
  • Metal furniture

A: Some facilities may offer a few drive-up climate-controlled storage units but be sure to contact your nearest Shield Storage location prior to reserving your unit to be sure they can accommodate this request and any others you may have.

Are you in the need of a better storage solution? The wait is over! Find a Shield Storage location near you to reserve your climate-controlled or air-controlled storage unit today! If you have any questions about your specific storage needs, feel free to contact us today!